Voices from the Early Days – Fran Wasoff on her pathway into WGFS

Fran Wasoff: I was born in 1945 in New York City, and I came to Scotland initially for three months, but I’ve stayed for 45 years. I did my PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in mathematics. Then I changed fields a number of times. But of most relevance to this is when I came over, I had been involved in the women’s movement in Philadelphia and I looked for a women’s group here. I found the women’s liberation workshop and became involved in a social action group. We started the first refuge for battered women in Scotland in Edinburgh, that opened in December ’73. From that, I became the first Scottish coordinator, or coordinator of Scottish Women’s Aid. I had a feminist social action pathway in my life as well as a postdoc in maths and I decided I would rather do the feminist stuff than the maths stuff.